If you’re a writer, or trying to become one, Miami is a great place to be right now. Our literary scene has grown up and it’s more varied and inclusive than ever. From poetry readings and book fairs to intimate collectives and story slams, we’ve got something for all the wordsmiths out there.
For the write-or-die crew:
Four days of intensive workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and more taught by the likes of Terrance Hayes, Jacinda Townsend, and Smith Henderson. You’ll get intimate classes (no more than 15 people), manuscript consultations, snacks and (almost) every writer’s favorite fuel: drinks.
When: May 4-7, 2016
Where: MDC Campus
Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation is the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation and we’re lucky to have them currently based out of the University of Miami. Although applications are no longer being accepted, faculty readings are free and open to the public.
When: June 23 and 30, 2016
Where: TBD. Check online or email public relations director Dana De Greff at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re looking to light a fire under your ass, want critical (but kind) editors, or a sense of community, this new Miami collective of young writers of color might be for you. Founded in 2015 by local writers Dana De Greff and Beverly Tan Murray, the goal is to motivate, inspire and always slay. For more information (serious inquiries only), email email@example.com.
When: Every Saturday
For the poets:
If you don’t know about this annual poetry festival by now, you just might be a zombie. Founded by P. Scott Cunningham in 2011, the month-long fest takes place in April and transforms the city with readings, games, pop-ups, shows, and more. O, Miami also sponsors many poetic events throughout the year, so be sure to check their website often.
When: Poetry festival in April, various events throughout the year. There are still a couple of events — a food and poetry pairing and a radio show, among others — left for the 2016 festival. Find them here.
Where: All over Miami
Not just a beautiful hotel on Ocean Drive, The Betsy has become a haven of sorts for local and visiting artists. You don’t necessarily have to be a poet to get something out of their varied programming, which includes readings, but also music, and exhibitions. If you really want to go all the way, check out the Writer’s Room (the only one in Miami) and apply for a residency.
Where: The Betsy Hotel
For the storytellers:
Founded by writer Andrea Askowitz in 2006, Lip Service is now produced by Miami Book Fair International. Eight people tell eight stories in eight minutes, the only caveat being they must be true stories. Laughs, tears, and perhaps a little theater?
Where: The Miracle Theater and Books & Books
Each month the Moth StorySLAM showcases impressive tales by both novice and professional storytellers. Participants write and practice a five-minute true story based on a predetermined theme beforehand, but can’t use any notes.
When: Second Tuesday of every month
Where: Olympia Theater
This is the perfect place to be if you’re looking for stories, humor, theater, and improv all rolled into one. Every week the best of the Villain Ensemble perform scenes inspired by a guest monologists/local Miamian for a unique spin on storytelling in the 305.
When: Every Saturday
Where: Villain Theater at MADE at the Citadel